This is a proud moment of Ontario for its great report card of achieving a graduation rate of 81 per cent in 2009-10.

That is, about 72,000 more students have graduated than otherwise would have if graduation rates had remained at the 2003-2004 level.

Furthermore, Ontario is committed to reaching an 85 per cent graduation rate.

This is a wise decision because the degree of Ontario’s success in competing in the global economy will be determined by the graduation rates of successful high school students who will make up Ontario’s well-educated work force.

Congratulations Ontario: 81 Per Cent Of High School Students Graduating!

Congratulations Ontario: 81 Per Cent Of High School Students Graduating!

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

News Release

March 8, 2011 9:30 AM

81 Per Cent Of High School Students Graduating

72,000 More Students Succeed In Ontario High Schools

Ontario is becoming even more competitive now that more students are graduating from high school.

Graduation rates have risen in each of the last six years — going from 68 per cent in 2003-04 to 81 per cent in 2009-10. That’s an increase of 13 percentage points.

The increased graduation rate means about 72,000 more students have graduated than otherwise would have if rates had remained at the 2003-2004 level.

Programs such as Specialist High Skills Majors are one way the government is helping students stay in school and graduate.

Building a well-educated work force that helps Ontario compete in the global economy is part of Ontario’s plan to open the door to a bright future for high school graduates.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is committed to reaching an 85 per cent graduation rate.
  • There are now over 1,000 Specialist High Skills Major programs in 18 diverse areas including forestry, construction, aviation and sports.
  • Staying in school until the age of 18 or graduation has been the law since 2006.

LEARN MORE

Office of the Premier
ontario.ca/premier

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